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“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King Jr.  

The story of Massillon is still unfolding. We invite you to get caught up on the chapters you may have missed or forgotten. Please enjoy a look back at our town through its Historic people, Places and Events. 

Historic Photos

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats”.  B. C. Forbes 

We invite you to learn about our 153 year history as a City through the incredible photo collection at the Massillon Museum (

Historic Events

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ― Mark Twain

The history of Massillon is an incredible story of a people and a place that has truly earned the name, “The City of Champions”. We invite you to take the exciting journey back in time with us.

Start your journey at the amazing Massillon Public Library. It truly is a world of information and knowledge.

People who shaped our Town 

“History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.” – Dexter Perkins 

Take the time to stroll down City Hall Street SE and see the wall of plaques honoring many of those who shaped our town and the nation.  

Visit the Massillon Museum to learn more